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Symbolism of the star and the three gifts

This light, this star that shone over the stable at Bethlehem means that every initiate in whom the living Christ is present, radiates light; a light that soothes, nourishes and comforts, a light that heals, purifies and gives life. And one day this light is seen from afar by others and they realize that something very special is manifesting itself through this being, and this ‘something’ is the Christ. This light that is represented by a star with five points is an absolute reality: it shines above the head of every initiate whose feminine principle (that is, whose heart and soul) has given birth to the Christ child, conceived by the Holy Spirit.” St Matthew’s gospel recounts how wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star in the East, and have come to pay him homage.’ These wise men, traditionally called Melchior, Balthasar and Gaspar, brought Jesus gold, incense and myrrh. Each of these gifts has a symbolic meaning. Gold signifies that Jesus was king: …

Mary and the Christ Child

“In his telling of the birth of Jesus, St Luke revealed the events that take place in the soul of every human being in the form of images. It is these symbolic images that I want to show you now. For the Christ Child to be born there must be parents, a father and a mother: the father, Joseph, is the mind, the spirit; the mother, Mary, is the heart, the soul. When the heart and soul are pure, then the Christ child is born, not of the mind and spirit, but of the Universal Soul, the Holy Spirit, in the form of Fire, or Divine Love… a pure flame that invades and fertilizes the human heart and soul. The soul and heart represent the feminine, receptive principle, whereas the mind and spirit represent the masculine principle and together they prepare the conditions for the Holy Spirit, the Universal Soul or Fire, to take possession of the soul of Mary. That is when the child is born. But as this birth must take place in …

Sharing Christmas joy with angels

In this extract from the Daily Meditation for Christmas Eve, the master explains that we receive subtle, vivifying elements for our heart and soul at Christmas  by  sharing our joy with the angels: “In an initiatic school we see festivals as something quite different from occasions to have feasts, hang up decorations and spend a few pleasurable moments. Each person endeavours to contact energy currents in the subtle regions which will bring life and renewed vitality to their heart and soul. They also know that entities of light come to draw on elements from this atmosphere of joyful exchanges which they will then use for carrying out their work across the world. To help them in this work, each person entrusts to them their joy and all the spiritual riches that this festival brings them, in order to benefit others. And this joy and wealth comes back to them magnified.” Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov    Daily Meditations Carol singing  is a great way to spread joy at this time whether out in the streets, in a …

The mystical meaning of Christmas

Why do we celebrate Christmas at the beginning of Winter? The reply can be found in the book of nature. All life begins as a seed, a seed buried in the darkness of the earth or deep within a woman’s womb. Winter is the season when, in the seeds planted in the earth, the long work of germination takes place; and this work ends in springtime, when a multitude of new existences burst into life. An identical work takes place in the psyche of each human being: in the dark earth, representing his lower nature, the seed of the divine Self, the Christ, must begin to germinate. This is the event which Christians celebrate on Christmas night…yes, exactly then, during the night, at midnight, the moment of greatest darkness. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov    Sons and Daughters of God We celebrate the birth of the master Jesus at Christmas, but just as important as the commemoration of this historical event, is the opportunity  we all have to prepare for the birth of the Christ child within …

A single candle flame…

Just as a single drop of water is capable of putting you in touch with the ocean, a single candle flame is capable of putting you in touch with the sun, with cosmic fire, with the Holy Spirit, whose garment is light. Gaze at the flame until you feel that you are melting into it, that you yourself are becoming flame. Love it, talk to it, make friends with it. When you are discouraged, worried or unhappy, light a candle, and by means of its flame unite yourself to all that is fire in the universe. Remind yourself that the sun is fire , that God is fire, that the Holy Spirit is fire, that everything around you is fire… this thought will restore your peace and courage. Little by little your candle will become your friend, and you will get into the habit of going to it for consolation, joy and inspiration.     In doing this you will feel truly protected for fire is a protection. Anyone who has spent time in the …

Angel messengers

The word ‘angel’ comes from the Greek ‘anguelos’ meaning ‘messenger’. According to the master, the joyful news those angels brought the shepherds was of the coming of one who would bring a new teaching of life, a  life that is pure and filled with the light, love and joy of the spirit. This spirit of love will one day be born in every human soul. Although I suppose supernatural events such as the shepherds’ experience are uncommon, it is still possible for all of us to  communicate with angels through thought and prayer. It is they that receive our prayers and they act as messengers, bringing answers to us. This extract from ‘Angels and Other Mysteries of the Tree of Life’  explains how they can also give us some of their qualities and their light: “When you wake up in the morning, why not start your day by thinking of all those creatures of light going up and down between the earth and the throne of God? If you did this, your whole life would …